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CLAY MATTHEWS III
The Packers' linebacker, who had six sacks in his first two games, is the grandson of Clay Matthews Sr., a defensive lineman for the 49ers in the 1950s, and the son of longtime NFL linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. But there's no need to call him "the third."
DAN PATRICK: What music do you listen to before a game?
CLAY MATTHEWS: It's a mix. It can go anywhere from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Michael Jackson to Rihanna. We had Boyz II Men playing before the game [against the Bears last week, won by the Packers 23--10]. I think it really calmed us down. The quiet before the storm.
DP: How much fun will it be to watch tape of that game?
CM: I think we'll have a good time watching it. Anytime you get a victory it's enjoyable, especially with the defensive performance we had.
DP: Does Bears quarterback Jay Cutler say anything to the defensive players during the game?
CM: No, nothing to me. We keep it cordial on the field. I don't think he had enough time in the pocket to make some of the plays after which you're allowed to throw some taunts at the defenders.
DP: Did you take personally the criticism of the Packers' defensive play in Week 1 against the 49ers [a 30--22 loss]?